Garys' Vineyard is arguably the most famous property in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world for their most limited releases. Garys' is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary's has eight acres of Estrella clone Syrah. The property's close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California's longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine and a very northern Rhone / Hermitage style of Syrah. One acre of Syrah at Garys is allocated annually to Testarossa.
This 2012 release marks the fourteenth vintage in Testarossa's close relationship with this famous vineyard. Thanks to our long track record, winemaker Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural processes on the blocks destined for Testarossa - always striving to exhibit Garys' special sense of place.
"Very dark purple hue. Notes of white pepper, boysenberry, blackberry, and anise make for a very hedonistic wine. These characteristics flow seamlessly to the flavor profile and are met by well polished tannins and firm acidity. While this wine is showy now, there is still some tension in the wine, lending itself to many great years ahead. Enjoy now through 2022."
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking